Diversity Council Hosts Annual International Night

This past Saturday, the Lawrenceville community came together for International Night, an annual event that celebrates cultures and foods from around the world.

This past Saturday, the Lawrenceville community came together for International Night, an annual event that celebrates cultures and foods from around the world. Organized by the Diversity Council, the event allowed students and faculty alike to enjoy everything from sushi to churros for dinner in the Irwin Dining Center. The majority of the food was prepared by Sustainable Fare, Lawrenceville’s catering service, but some faculty brought their own dishes as well to share with the community.

However, Diversity Council added a new element to its International Night: a movie marathon featuring films that highlight underrepresented cultures and backgrounds. When asked about the film selections, Co-President of Diversity Council Deven Kinney ’20 said that they “wanted to show movies from different parts of the world that had a good global variety.” The three films shown, Lion, Farewell, and Mandela, take place in India, China, and South Africa, respectively.

As a member of Diversity Council, Pashmina Khan ’21 reflected, “Diversity Council’s job is not only to help people embrace diversity on campus and to be more aware of the student body, but it’s a lot about making people feel included. So, the activities that we planned suit multiple audiences.”

Khan has participated in International Night’s fashion show in past years, representing Pakistan, her ethnic origin. She wore the salwar kameez, traditional Pakistani clothing. For her, the point of International Night is “not only to embrace your own culture and background” but also to “support others and take part in activities you normally would not take part in.”

Attendee Isabella Lo ’22 said, “It’s nice to have occasions once in a while where the School is able to bond over the idea of diversity. Diversity is one of the core values of this school, so being able to experience and be enlightened by other people’s ethnicity and culture is very interesting.”

Assistant Dean of Students Emilie Kosoff H’88 ’96 ’00 ’18 P’19 echoed these sentiments. Speaking on the greater significance of student initiatives involving diversity and inclusion to the School community, she said, “Any time we have opportunities, big and small, to recognize different parts of this community, that is important. All of these opportunities add up to a more vibrant, healthy community.”